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government and liberty of the american people. >> and with the tragedy in mexico, a case of mistaken identity. the fbi and dea now join into the investigation into the bloody killings in mexico, leaving one child orphaned. janet napolitano will be joining us with the latest. and there's this today. he will be back for the masters. tiger woods says he still has a lot of work to do in his personal life. you think? good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. 216 votes. that is the magic number. democrats are pulling out everything, all the stops, to win over a skeptical house. in a new poll just releases by nbc and "the wall street journa journal", that vote could be politically dangerous. 28% said if their representative backs reform, they would be more likely to get their vote in november. 36% said a yes vote would drive
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them away. at the same time, representatives voting yes to kill health care reform would also pay a price. 31% said they would be more likely to back lawmakers voting now. 37% say less likely. chuck todd is nbc news white house correspondent. ron brownstein, political director of atlantic media. chuck, you looked at the questions and the poll. this basically tells members there is a price to be paid either way. so perhaps, the message for the white house is you might as well vote for the president. >> and our pollsters, for a living, they advise republicans and democrats who are running for office or running for re-election. >> when they're not working with us. >> they both said, there's no safe place to be. if you're a democrat, a waivering house democrat, you can't look at these numbers and say, boy, i am positive that
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being for it or against it is a good political move. it's that sort of evenly divided. now, peter hart was saying, if herp putting on his democratic party hat, for a democrat, there's a higher price to pay to vote against it because the anger it would create with the base of the democratic party is that it would suddenly deflate them and perhaps even insight them into wanting to vote you out. you have the reverse with the republicans. there would be a penalty to pay for you're a republican for crossing party lines on this issue. this is that polarized. >> isn't there a point, ron, where a member looks at the particular district and says, i'm looking at this cohort from home and am going to respond to this pressure. >> there is no simple answer in terms of the polling. you look at the groups who say they would be less likely,
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probably very different people. one group probably heavily republican and the next, democratic. you have to consider the effects beyond the vote. if this goes down, what does that mean on obama's overall approval rating. if he slips further in the polls, that endangers them beyond the assessment of the individual bill. but they are in different districts. we have a chart up on nationaljournal.com of the 39 house members who voted for the bill the first time. about 2/3 are in districts where the number of seniors exceeds national average. in the end as my colleague said this week, this is almost a vote of no confidence in the president and speaker. >> if there is so much anger at congress and at the institutions in washington, doesn't nancy pelosi's move to avoid a vote and do something that some would
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argue is a gimmick, a trick, it's what republicans are arguing already. not saying that it hasn't been done before, but on the death ceiling when both sides wanted to hold their nose and avoid a vote and hide out. >> it's been done before in a different environment. this defense that oh, it's been done before. that's fine. there's a different level of transparency now and a different level of spotlight that the public now puts on congress. we're seeing congress exposed in a way that on many of us here in washington say, they've been doing that for years. republicans did it. but the way the public now sees it, they haven't seen it before. it's new to them and that's where i think you get the disconnect and it really looks like a bad idea on the day the president's pollster says these gimmicks have been bad.
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>> they would be voting on the package, the changes as opposed to a separate vote on the senate bill. i agree with chuck. there's a risk in being too cute. >> okay. thank you. and chuck will have the entire nbc news "wall street journal" poll tonight and throughout the day. to talk about what the downside and the upside is, i don't know there's much upside in what is going on right now, tim kaine just from a meet wg the president. live at the white house. mr. chairman, thank you very much for joining us. >> i see a lot of upside on a nice, sunny day. >> you see the upside in the weather. we could ask you for a weather report. what about the numbers? there is no place to hide. you've just come from the meeting with the president, so do you think, does the president think, that they can actually have a role call vote that nancy
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pelosi with his doing all of his arm twisting behind the scenes, can come up with 216? >> i'm not the whiz on house procedure, but the president feels very optimistic that we're going to have a vote and we're going to get health care passed. we're not taking anything for granted. there's still work going on to try to make sure the numbers are there, but there is a historic opportunity. the president feels good that it's great policy and it's also going to be good politics for our members. >> and the republicans, neither you nor i are experts, but republicans are going to try to hold them to the fire and come up with different pruocedures t force votes that would require them to be a test vote of the 216. what is the strategy now besides
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bringing them in? no one really believe that is the door for special deals is closed. >> i think you pointed it out right as you asked the question. the republicans now are all pru procedure. we need to curb insurance abuses. we need to provide a path to coverage for millions of americans. we need to control these health care costs that are unsustainable. that's what this bill is about. the republicans are going to play every procedural angle they can to protection the insurance companies and others. we're right on the substance and the president is making that case plainly to these members of congress and the speaker to doing that heavy lifting right now. >> has the president come to this too late? he's been giving very strong voice to his rallying cries in ohio and last week in pennsylvania. but these kinds of campaign appearances have been few and for between until recent weeks. >> well, it's funny.
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if you would say that to the president and are you coming to this too late, he would groan. we're now a year into this debate and it's been small meetings and big debates and speeches to the american public. there's a lot of different ways to convince, but it's time for a vote. the package is almost complete. it's time to get that up or down vote and i think it's what we'll get. >> let me show you a bit of the rally from the tea party. this one certainly republican. michele bachmann on the hill today. >> why don't we give him a farewell party when he goes to indonesia and let him know we do not want this bill passed. we want to kill the bill. >> how do you counter act that
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because there seems to be a fusion on the tea party and republicans and together, they might have a combined strength that really does threaten democratic majorities? >> i believe we're going to hold on to our majorities because i believe when the american people see this in action, they're going to appreciate an end to insurance company abuses. every parent will be able to keep their children on their policy until they're 27, not 21. this morning, i talked to a firefighter who has a 23-year-old daughter with a preexisting. if michele bachmann and others want to campaign, let's go back to insurance abuses, preexisting conditions. that's what i want the campaign in november to be about. the deliverables is what's going to sell this bill and get it passed. >> as people were pointing out
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in recent days, advocates like roger moore on -- michael moore, last night on keith olbermann show, he was saying that the existing conditions will only apply to children for the first four years. that so much of this is delayed gratification. is it going to be hard for people to really see the benefits between now and election day, november 2010. and if you can hear me, it's good over the sirens. >> health care happening right around me. right away, preexisting conditions will be barred as a reason to turn down children, so family will be able to keep this individual on the policy. for adults with preexisting conditions, you're right. it is a phase-in, but there's the establishment of high risk that any adult turned down will have an alternate way of getting insurance. immedia
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immediately, parents will be able to keep kids on their policy until they're 27. that means something to me and to american families. seniors will get immediate help in closing that donut hole. and we'll start to see these tax credits that will help families and small businesses who curr t currently can't afford these increases that are dramatic. there are some immediate deliverables from the date this bill is signed. the american public will see. and they won't see all the bogey men. all these things people made up that will never in the bill. >> and quickly rk i wanted to ask you about a potentially important u.s. court of appeals or maybe a state court of appeals ruling. i'll have to check. in new jersey, pete williams is coming on shortly and the court ruled that the tea party activists can try to remove democratic senator menendez by
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recall. not impeachment, just cause or any legal action, but by recall. they're letting this proceed, letting them circulate petitions to recall a sitting united states senator. it would be the first time this has happened. >> i have not seen the court ruling, so i'm going to dig into it, but i spent a lot of time in new jersey and i know senator menendez and he is held in high regard for the work he does. i'm confident the senator's going to be fine. >> okay. tim kaine, directly from a meeting in the oval office. thank you for the debrief. coming up next, pete williams with more on that ruling. plus, should the united states be doing more to combat drug violence on the mexican boarer? janet napolitano will be joining us live. and you can find me on twitter at mitchell reports. [ male announcer ] when you have sensitive skin, a lot of things can really irritate your face... shaving shouldn't be one of them. gillette fusion power has five blades
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chanting kill the bill, republican house members and tea party activists join forces on capitol hill today. voicing their opposition to perform legislation. the rally dubbed code red, was attended by seven members of the house including mike pence, marcia blackburn and michele bachmann. a new jersey court is give tg green light to a group trying to get menendez thrown out of office. we just heard tim kaine saying he hasn't read the ruling, but is sure he'll be okay. this could establish a precedent. >> it's a course thing about the
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new jersey state constitution. about 20 years ago, they ad provision that says they have the right to throw out of office elected members of the congress. u.s. senators and representatives. so a group of tea party group in new jersey that wanted to get him recalled we want to the secretary of state and said, we want to circulate petitions. she said rs i'm sorry, i can't let you do that. that would violate the federal constitution. what the new jersey appeals court said today, you got the cart before the horse, we'll get to that question later. but it's clear you have to let these folks circulate their petitions. the court said it's going to put its own ruling on hold while the state or the senator appeal the decision, but it is a legal victory for the group in a sense they're now able to circulate their petitions. >> and conservative activists are also involved with one
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spouse of a supreme court member. what are you looking at there? >> that's the wife of claerns thomas. worked in the staff of tom delay, with the heritage foundation. now, she's organizing a tea party group, has a website. some folks are wondering whether this presents a conflict for justice thomas. many legal experts say no, it doesn't, directly. the idea logical view of spouses don't represent a conflict. for example, if her group gets contributions and some corporations that gave money then has a case before the support, that might present a conflict, but justices do have to rekouzmano. >> thanks so much. up next, the real story on
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chris dodd's attempt to rewrite the rules on wall street. and you're watching andr"andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. . come on up here where your brothers sit. [ birds chirping ] wow! did i ever tell you what it was like growing up with four sisters? that sounds fun. yeah...fun for them! [ male announcer ] chevy traverse. a consumers digest best buy. with a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. it seats eight comfortably -- not that it always has to. scared. they don't know where to begin. so we start to talk about what have they done and what are their goals. and then we plan. it's a very good feeling as an advisor
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all: i did. after failing to win republican support, chris dodd proposed his own fixes for wall street. critics say they wouldn't even deal with the big problems that led to the collapse in the first place. eamon javers joins us now. let's talk about some of the elements. he does include the vocal rule, so this is one thing the white house likes that has been proposed. there are a lot of other things that aren't even in here. fannie, freddie. some of the issues that led to the problem in the first place. how would you rate in? >> this is a little tougher than people had expected. they weren't expecting a dramatically harsh bill.
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the rule is a good example. everyone thought that was doa. i'm told that just over the weekend, chris dodd made the decision to include that. that's something that's hated on wall street because it would ban proprietary trading. they like to do that. they want to keep doing it. chris dodd is saying, no, we're going to put regulations on that. there are other things that could have been done here that are not getting done in this bill. >> one thing i didn't see in there is proposing really tough capital requirements because that was another one of the issues that people have said has not lead to, has not been dealt with enough. but here is chris dodd this morning talking about what he has produced. >> this bill that i presented yesterday represented about 80 or 85% of agreement. so we have work to do here. don't misunderstand me. but this is not just laying down a bill without a lot of consideration, a lot of thought going into this.
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we cannot allow the congress to adjourn without addressing these basic issue. >> the whole idea of regulating wall street, what about the reaction has there been from barney frank as to how much of this would fly on the house side? >> he views this as a strong pau soez pal. clearly, he's ready to move this process forward. and the white house is getting behind this in a big way. we're going to see tim geithner on msnbc this evening. also on other channels today. he was on the hill today. they're making a big push for this because the white house needs a legislative win on the wall street issue, but also with health care out there, no resolution there, the white house needs to get some political traction in washington and show they can get stuff done here. >> thanks so much, eamon javers from politico. coming up, are republicans use tg tea party for health
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( keys clink ) ( revs ) welcome back to "andrea mitchell reports." topping our headlines right now, general david petraeus expressed confidence on capitol hill that iran will not have a nuclear bomb this year. testifying before the senate arms services committee, he also predicted that 2010 will be a difficult year for u.s. fors in afghanistan. he said the fighting is quote, likely to get harder before it gets easier. hillary clinton said israel needs to prove it is committed to the peace process.
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>> we have an absolute commitment to israel's security. we have a close, unshakable bond between the united states and israel, but that doesn't mean we're going to agree. we don't agree with any of our international partners on everything. and tiger woods just announced that he will return to golf next month playing at the masters in augusta. his return comes after a four-month high ats because of the sex scandal. house speaker nancy pelosi is trying to avoid a direct vote on the senate bill and she may have found a way to do it. the house would pass the fixes and quote, deem that the senate bill and already passed and incorporate in the rule without a role call vote. it is already generating cries of outrage. democrats say it has been used before. here with us now is debbie
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wasserman schultz. this would seem to indicate she doesn't have a great deal of confidence she can get to 216 votes. if she thought she had a majority, she wouldn't need to do this. >> this is really just a routine pru procedure used to pass legislation. when republicans were in charge the last time, the procedure was used 36 times by then. it is used commonly and nothing unusual other than trying to get our work done. >> it maybe routine for things like passing the debt ceiling, somebody nobody wants to go on record on, but this is more than a routine measure. when we get down to it and told the supporters of health reform are 10, 12, 15 votes shy, now in
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the final days, she's talk about this. it does seem like a last minute option. >> like i said, it's a pretty routine procedure. we've passed a bill with 220 votes. we have an opportunity to make changes and this is not something unusual. we are in the process of whipping this bill and feel confidence we get to the vote, we'll have the 216 we need. >> except that the senate bill that was passed by the senate is very different from the bill the house passed, so you would not be officially on record with the recorded vote. it would be incorporated into a rules vote, but you would not be going on the record to, you
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know, say ay or nay. >> the senate bill itself is not the final product. we're going to pass reconciliation bill to make changes, so essentially, what the senate bill would go to the president. we'd pass the reconciliation measures and that's how we complete the final product. the fact that we are going to include the senate bill as part of the rule is really a manifestation of the fact that that is not the final protection. the additions to the bill is what the final product is. >> let me share with you some data, new results, from the nbc news wall street poll. the results are that people when questioned, say they are less likely to back their member of congress if they support the bill by 36-28. then when asked about the impact if people vote to defeat the bill, they say they are less likely to back them in november. 34-31.
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basically, these are pollsters, peter hart, basically telling members of congress there's no place to hide here. no safe way. either voting for it or against it. >> well, the good news for the american people is that we don't make decisions based on polling data and it changes all the time. the polling that has consistently come out, that is on the components of our bill, which includes making sure insurance companies can't drop you. make sure we get rid of lifetime and annual caps. make sure that young adults can stay on their parents' insurance until they're 26 closed the donut hole. those provisions poll very high. in the 60s, 70s and 80s. so, when we pass this bill, the american people are going to get the health care they deserve, the cost control they deserve and stability and security they
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deserve. >> i'm not going to debate on whether or not member of congress react to polls. maybe you don't. maybe the other members do. >> you're giving me poll numbers and sort of suggesting why would members not listen to those polls. we listen to our constituents. the jordmajority of members of congress -- bring some cost control, security and stability for those who have insurance, especially small business observers. >> one pollster the white house is listening to is joel benson and he's got a new memo out that says --
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i'm just wondering whether this procedure will feel the fire among independents who are concerned about the procedures? >> another tt the end of the da believe what matters to the american people is getting cost controls in place. making sure that we can get everybody covered so we get rid of the thousand dollar per family, annual, hidden tax that everybody pays. i've got small business owners who come up to me all the time. one who pays upwards of 27% increases because they have one sick employee. the procedure and process and sausage making that the process is, it's never pretty. but at the end of the day, the substance of the bill is what they're going to be supportive of. >> thank you very much. as house democrats struggle
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to find enough votes to pass reform or try to get around without a vote, republicans are lashing out at the bill in what they describe as political tricks. today, a mix of tea party activists and republican congress members gather in washington to express their outrage on the hill. >> last year, they thaukt that you could pass a bill without having to read it. this year, they want us to pass a bill without having to vote on it. and the reason for that is because of what's in the bill. >> david bonior with a democrats chief vote counter, todd harris is a republican strategist joining us now. david, good to see you. you were on the rules committee. >> i was. >> for 14 years. >> that's right. >> and what about this whole procedure that nancy pelosi --
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would she resort to this if she had 216 votes clean? >> i think she's protecting the people in her caucus who aren't entirely comfortable with the senate bill, but need the changes in reconciliation and so, combining them together in a procedural vote as debbie wasserman schultz suggested. something that's been done before. how it's going to be interpr interpreted, republicans are going to say, if you voted, you voted for it. the democrats will say, who are concerned just the senate bill, no, i voted for the senate bill, but with the modifications. in the end, it won't really matter because people will be focused on whether it happened or not. >> todd, are republicans going to say, this is process, but let's talk about the substance or does the process now have a
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life of its own because of all the poison in the atmosphere about the way things are happening? washington? >> we're going to talk about both. the much promised hope and change has quickly deinvolved into some level of absurdity. what republicans are going to be talking about is the fact that this is a bill the public doesn't want that the country can't afford. that doesn't do what is advertised and that is going to somehow be put into law without an actual vote. this is not changing the way washington does business and when democrats say, well, republicans have done it in the past, a, as you pointed out, we've never done it on anything this big and b, the whole platform of the obama campaign was to change the way washington worked, so i have to kind of laugh at saying, republicans did it, too. >> the argument you've just made is we've never really done it at
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anything this big. you've done it a number of times and the line item veto is a big thing. it's something you wanted. so you have done it. number two, you could make the same argument. i could make the same argument on the procedures used on the filibuste filibuster. the rules are the rules. we've got the rules. you have to play by the rules. the time to change the rules tat beginning of each congress and the rules that are available to be used and they will be used and there will be a recorded vote. members will have to stand up for whether they're for or against it. >> if the public wanted this, democrats wouldn't be using tricks to get this through. >> i think you've identified what the fault lines are. coming next, what political
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what political story will be making headlines in the next 24 hours? democrats scrambling to get those 216 votes they need to pass the health care bill. chris cillizza joins us now. where do you see the democratic struggle going? you've been looking at five democrats to watch. >> there are about three dozen democrats who voted no the last time this came up in november. those are people who are obviously the focal point. i picked out five. five who i think are really cross pressured. there's a good political case for them to be made.
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tom perriello in virginia. he won it in 2008. he voted for cap and trade and for the health care bill. republicans have said this is his undoing. does he switch or not? i think he is someone rahm emanuel has named him his favorite member of congress for his willingness to vote for these two pieces of legislation. he has cast in moral terms that this is the right thing to do. the question is, is voting for this bill sealing his political fate and does he make the calculation that yes, it's bad to flip-flop, but worse to lose? this is a very tough vote that could end up being a make or break when it comes to re-election. >> and what we're getting from the speaker's office is that they think we're focussing too much on process because this happened before and strong letter to follow. so they're watching. >> they always say you're
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focussing too much on process, but this is process oriented. we're talk about procedures they're going use to either vote or not vote on the bill. the media is not creating that story line. the house and senate have. scott brown probably created that story line when we won that special election. >> thank you, chris. read more from chris on his blog. and coming up next, janet napolitano joining us live with the latest on what is being done to improve security at our airports. you're watching "andrea mitchell reports."
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and with us now, homeland security secretary, janet napolitano, who has just been involved in a conversation with a president. what has changed since the christmas day bomber?
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what has improved? >> i number of things. we're working across the world on improving information collection and sharing, passenger vetting and putting more security in airports themselves. i've met with my colleagues in western europe, and this past weekend in asia. we'll be going to africa in just a few weeks. but it's really -- it's really wonderful to see the consensus, the international consensus that world aviation standards need to increase. there are many passengers from many countries attacking a lot of nations. >> so a universal standard, universal scrutiny globally. but one of the things we learned on christmas day is that there was a relatively obscure explosive, petn. do we have the techniques to recognize this and to deal with it? >> well, in several ways. it has to be done in layers.
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one is better screening of passengers and more information about passengers before they actually board a flight. particularly before they board a flight for the united states. and then we are now accelerating deployment of the advanced imaging technologies, which demonstrate anomalies on a figure that would subject someone to more extensive -- like a patdown, that sort of thing. >> some people suggest -- a lot of people suggest that it is an invasion of privacy and they're concerned about the demonstration of anomalies which they view as really invasive. i also wanted to ask you about the safety of them. because you can say that it isn't all high level of x-ray, but should we really trust that at individual airports these machines are always going to be set at the right level? we've been reading horror stories of radiation errors made in medical facilities. so mistakes can happen with this equipment. >> well, but the level of radiation here is not akin to hospital equipment at all. it's really quite, quite
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deminimous. we will have a process and we do already in which we go around, inspect airports, make sure settings are appropriately set and the like. with respect to some of the privacy issues, i think a lot of those involve the first iteration of the technology. the technology has already changed so much that as we install these in airports, passengers overwhelmingly prefer them to the mag anetometer. we're working with researchers around the country to get to -- let's be frank. there will never be a 100% guarantee. what we're talking about is what we can do across the global aviation system to minimize risk, knowing that -- and there's always the possibility
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that somebody will sneak through. >> i want to ask you about mexico. because we've had this horrific -- these murders across the border, right across the border from el paso. which investigators are now telling our own mark potter may well have been mistaken identity, a car mistaken, that it wasn't directed at diplomats, per se, but these are three people connected to the consulate there in ciudad jaurez. a child is left orphaned. three people are dead. what can you tell us about the border security two years after this drug war was launched by our partners down south of the border? >> well, first of all, it's outrageous. sympathies to the families, to the colleagues of those who were slain. it's an outrageous crime. it is part of a wave of violence that has gone through jaurez over the last years. the presidency of -- president
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calderon of mexico has been deeply involved, even sending in the military into jaurez. that hasn't helped. we have been working with mexico. we are going to continue to work in any way we can to assess. also we've been working to strengthen our own defenses along our southwest border to guard against any spillover violence. again, an outrageous crime. >> what about the use of drones along the border? governor perry has called for help. will this be considered? >> we have a lot of technology akin to drones already that are being employed in different ways along the border. >> do we need to beef up? >> i'm going to look at governor perry's request. we're constantly revisiting what has happened at the border. we've added manpower, technology, lots of things over there. indeed, we have not seen spillover violence on to the u.s. side the way one would predict in what's going on, just across the bridge in jaurez. mexico is one of our top trading partners.
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we have lots of commerce that goes through there. we have families on both sides of the border that need to be able to go back and forth. we have people who work on one side of the border, need to be able to go back and forth. that needs to be a safe zone. right now it's not. we need to work with mexico to make it so. >> you've been in conversation with the president. is immigration reform going to get launched as a mayor initiative in the white house? >> i think the president's very committed to comprehensive immigration reform. we need to do it. i enforce the immigration laws. our numbers are up. but i'll tell you as someone who's been involved in this issue for years the underlying law needs to be adapted to modern circumstances. it needs to be reformed. schumer and grant, two senators, we're working with them. senator schumer obviously -- >> this year? >> hopefully this year. and we'll hopefully do as much as we can to move it through the congress. >> janet nanapolitano, thank yo very much. that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports."
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i'm tamron hall. right now on msnbc, news live. call it the big comeback. tiger woods announces his official return to golf four months after his sex scandal broke. the golf champion trying to put focus back on his game. anybody who thinks they can sneak this bill through, there's no way to hide from the biggest vote that most members of congress will have ever. >> house minority leader john boehner slams speaker pelosi for considering an option to pass health care without actually having the house vote on it. speaker pelosi expected to speak in this hour in a live news
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conference. it remains one of the most baffling art heists in the world. thieves dressed as police officers make off with a half a billion dollars of loot in boston. why police may finally get a break in the case. fast food treats like pizza delivered to jail inmates? sure no bread and water. but does this cross the line? we want to begin with the tiger woods news. first reaction coming in after tiger announced this morning that he is returning to golf at the master's tournament next month in augusta, georgia. it starts april 8th. golfer heath slocum said obviously ratings will be off the chart. n nike said, quote, we look forward to tiger's return. woods has won the master's four times starting in 1997 when he was only 21. he also one in 2001, 2002 and

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